Andres Rodriguez is a veterinarian and operates a state-owned dairy in Picadura. He set out to assist a 3-year-old cow named Aleli with her birth and got more than he bargained for. One calf was already born as he approached the cow. As he watched the first calf, he noticed the mother was still in labor. The second calf came as quickly as the first, with no problem.
Rodriguez was excited about twins, but his cow wasn’t finished. Her muscles contracted yet again, pushing out a third beautiful calf. The fourth came shortly afterward.
Three of the calves born on August 29 are males. One is a hermaphrodite. The term, hermaphrodite, is used to describe an organism that has reproductive organs that are associated with both the male and female sexes.
Some groups of animals, the majority falling into the invertebrate category, are not separate sexes. These creatures can act as both the female and male. Snails and slugs are such organisms.
The odds of a quadruplet delivery of calves are one in 11 million births, according to U.S. and European experts. If all four of the calves were the same sex, the odds increase to one in 179 million. There are no statistics for a birth of four calves, with one being a hermaphrodite.
In 2012, a quadruplet birth was reported from Fosston, Minnesota.
eith Sistad, owner of the dairy farm, stated:
I’ve never heard of quads before in cattle. And to have all the calves doing well makes it so much better.
According to agweek.com, a study finds that about one in 665,000 dairy cows give birth to four calves at once. Beef cattle are less likely to give birth to multiple calves, states Doug Landblom, an animal scientist with the North Dakota State University Extension Service. Landblom says he has heard of beef cows having multiple births, including quadruplets, yet in those cases he is aware of, at least one had passed away. The story of this quad birth was updated later, stating one of the calves had died.
The calves on the Cuban dairy farm seem to be doing well and don’t care about how rare they are. They just seem to be interested in where their mother is and how much food they can consume.